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Re: Southernisms
« Reply #465 on: April 02, 2018, 08:53:29 AM »
Anyone know “on him like a duck on a junebug?”  What is a junebug anyway?
I've heard that one. 
Junebugs

Ugly little boogers, arent’ they?

can you explain then "cute as a Junebug" . is it a compliment or not?

I remember reading once the phrase meant that from far away their shiny shell looked pretty, but not nearly as attractive up close.

ladyknight1

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Re: Southernisms
« Reply #466 on: April 02, 2018, 09:07:00 AM »
Anyone know “on him like a duck on a junebug?”  What is a junebug anyway?
I've heard that one. 
Junebugs

Ugly little boogers, arent’ they?

can you explain then "cute as a Junebug" . is it a compliment or not?

Actually there are quite a few different beetle type insects called "June Bugs".  So some may actually be more 'cute' than others.  It's sort of a generic term to refer to annoying middle sized sloppy-flying insects that tend to accumulate around lights on summer evenings (June) and pester the heck out of anyone wanting to enjoy a quiet evening on the patio or deck.

They don't bite, yet you always feel under attack.  They're annoying as all get out.

My parent's house has a metal mailbox on the wall next to the door. During summer months, the mailbox would fill with Junebugs. I don't miss them.
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Re: Southernisms
« Reply #467 on: April 02, 2018, 02:01:10 PM »
Anyone know “on him like a duck on a junebug?”  What is a junebug anyway?
I've heard that one. 
Junebugs

At some point I remember reading that an older use of 'cute' was 'small', so the phrase may be a conflation of the two definitions?
Ugly little boogers, arent’ they?

can you explain then "cute as a Junebug" . is it a compliment or not?

I remember reading once the phrase meant that from far away their shiny shell looked pretty, but not nearly as attractive up close.